It is the student’s right to choose to disclose any medical condition including pregnancy. If pregnancy occurs, the student has three options:
- Not to disclose the pregnancy to program officials.
- Disclose the pregnancy to program officials, in writing.
- Withdraw a declaration of pregnancy (undeclare pregnancy), in writing.
If a student chooses to declare her pregnancy, it must be accomplished in writing to the chairperson of the program. After a disclosure of pregnancy the student must meet with the Clinical Education Coordinator for counseling and advisement regarding radiation safety. At this time, the student will be informed of all available options for program completion.
If the student chooses to continue in the regular program sequence the clinical assignments may be adjusted, if necessary, to reflect specific contingencies required by individual hospital pregnancy policies. Supplemental radiation monitoring of the embryo/fetus and additional counseling will be required for the duration of the pregnancy. The clinic and fetal monitors are exchanged each month.
A pregnant student may request, by written notice, a leave of absence. This leave of absence will be granted without penalty. Re-admission to the program sequence will be granted on a space available basis. The “program sequence” is that which is offered to all students and does not imply that the College or department shall offer courses “out of sequence” to accommodate students returning from leave.
Policy of the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners Regarding Pregnant Students Enrolled in Accredited Radiologic Technology Training Programs in New Jersey.
1. N.J.A.C.7:28-19.8(e) requires all students to wear whole body radiation dosimeters (e.g., film badges or thermo luminescent dosimeters) when in the vicinity of radiation producing machines.
2. If a student declared her pregnancy, the relative risk to the embryo and/or fetus from x-rays is thoroughly explained to the student prior to actual operation of x-ray machines. The UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC) Regulation 10 CFR Part 20.1208, “Dose to an Embryo/Fetus” and National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Report No. 116, “Protection of the Embryo/Fetus” are suggested as references.
3. Program continuation options must be provided for the student. Provisions shall be made for reentry into the program if leave of absence is taken by the student.
4. The New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners recommends that adequate controls and monitoring be instituted to limit the dose to all students to As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA). The “Board” recommends a total dose equivalent limit (excluding medical exposure) of 5 mSv (500 mRem) for the embryo/fetus. Once pregnancy has been declared, exposure of the embryo/fetus shall be no greater than 0.5 mSv (50 mRem) in any month (excluding medical exposure). A pregnant student should not receive a radiation dose of more than 0.5 Rem during the nine month gestation period.
5. The Program Director and the appropriate institutional Radiation Safety Officer should periodically review student radiation exposure reports to assure compliance with the above dose limits.
6. All didactic, laboratory, and clinical education hours and course content as mandated by the Board and the program must be completed prior to graduation.
If you have questions regarding the Pregnancy Policy please contact the department chairman, Professor James M. Ferrell.